Since today is the Fourth Of July, the Independence Day of these United States, I wanted to have a little fun and share some of the songs that bring some American spirit to the song. Now these aren’t necessarily patriotic numbers of course but have our branding in them somewhere and I hope that you enjoy this little summary. Please know that clicking the album artwork will launch the song on Spotify or on YouTube if I couldn’t find a link there. You’re going to need a Spotify account to enjoy this best and by now you should have one anyway. Here we go.
“We’re An American Band” by Grand Funk Railroad: Recorded in 1973, this perennial by the great Grand Funk Railroad has long been a favorite of Rockers everywhere. Everything about this song is great from its rousing lyrical base to the overall melody and not only does it start with some solid drumming, but its sung by the bands drummer Don Brewer. It’s been covered a number of times but some varied artists over the years but the original remains the very best. I’ll be featuring a few of the covers as well for the sake of comparison but a little later on in the narrative.
“(You Can Still) Rock In America” by Night Ranger: Fast forwarding ten years in Rock Music history comes my very first go at the band Night Ranger thanks to this single from their “Midnight Madness” album. My friend had MTV (as we didn’t in NYC at the time) and when I saw this track I was an immediate fan and recall going out to buy the LP and the bands first album “Dawn Patrol” as well. At least I think that is how it happened but we are talking so many years ago but I digress. This tune is amazing from beginning to end as well with stellar guitar work and drumming and a lyrical base that finds you singing along right after your first listen. It’s still one of my favorites in the bands catalog and finds me screaming at the top of my lungs when I see them do it in concert.